Johannesburg to Cape Town – Reverse

Resort:Johannesburg to Cape Town - Reverse
Operator: Exodus
Destination: Africa, South Africa
Price From: £3799.00


A classic journey through three countries from Johannesburg to Cape Town.

This epic journey explores the different facets of four very diverse
countries. In South Africa we go on game drives in the Kruger National Park,
walk in the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains, travel along the Garden Route,
enjoy wine tasting amid the countrys renowned vineyards and visit exciting
Cape Town and journey through the mountain kingdoms of Swaziland and
Lesotho.This three week trip has something for everyone: prolific wildlife,
incredible scenery, beautiful beaches, awe-inspiring mountains and, of
course, the rich culture which makes these countries what they are today.


* Kruger and the Drakensberg
* Swaziland and Lesotho
* Cape Town and the Garden Route


Day 1
Depart London

Depart London

Day 2
Arrive Cape Town

Thoseon the group flight arrive in Cape Town and transfer to the hotel.
Those not on the group flights can arrive at any time. The rest of the day is
free to relax after the flight or explore the city at the bottom of Africa.
Cape Town sits in one of the most beautiful locations of any of the world’s
major cities with the impressive bulk of Table Mountain as its backdrop and
Table Bay in the foreground. The city is a melting pot of cultures as people
from Europe, Africa and Asia have all settled (either voluntarily or
forcibly) here over the centuries. The city is a blend of European and
African and a great place to watch the world go by or visit its various sites
and museums.

*Cape Diamond or similar *

Day 3
Cape Peninsula visit

After an early morning breakfast we drive via the coastal suburbs of Clifton,
Camps Bay and Hout Bay and then over Chapman’s peak drive to the famous Cape
of Good Hope Nature Reserve, which covers an area of 7,680 hectares. The
reserve is home to eland, bontebok, grysbok, springbok, wildebeest, baboon
and ostrich. Rugged cliffs, unspoilt beaches, shipwrecks and beautiful flora
are the main features of the reserve. We will also visit the famous Cape
Point lighthouse. In the afternoon we take a short (1 hour) walk that is
almost entirely downhill. Our destination is the Cape of Good Hope with a
detour to Diaz beach. The trail ends at the famous signboard ‘Cape of Good
Hope’. We then return to Cape Town passing through the former Royal Navy base
town of Simonstown and a visit to the resident Penguin Colony (optional). Our
driving time today will be approximately 3-4 hours (200km).

*Cape Diamond or similar

Day 4
Free day in Cape Town.

The day is free and an optional trip to Robben Island, site of Nelson
Mandela’s incarceration during the apartheid period, is highly recommended.
Weather permitting a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain is a must
for any visitor to this picturesque city.

*Cape Diamond or similar

Day 5
Stellenbosch and Hermanus

Leaving Cape Town behind, we drive out to the vineyard region of Stellenbosch
where we have the option of visiting wineries and doing some wine tasting. We
then continue towards Hermanus driving via Gordon’s Bay. There is always a
good chance of seeing whales when in season. Hermanus is an interesting
little town, rightly famous for its delicious seafood and a visit to one of
the great restaurants in the evening is highly recommended. It is also widely
regarded as the best place in the world for land-based whale watching from
August to November. Our driving time today will be approximately 3-4hrs

*Windsor Hotelor similar

Day 6
Garden Route

Today we drive along the beautiful Garden Route coastline via the cultivated
fields of the Western Cape Boland and the town of George towards the
Tsitsikamma National Park. The route is stunning and follows the ragged coast
passing through small fishing villages and seaside resort. This national
park, at the mouth of the Storms River, protects the indigenous forests as
well as the marine life 50km out to sea. We stay at a beautifully positioned
camp with the waves breaking a stone’s throw away. Our driving time today
will be approximately 6-7hrs (500kms).
*Tsitsikamma Storms River Huts or similar

Day 7
Tsitsikamma National Park

Our second day in the Tsitsikamma N.P. is free to enjoy the beautiful
setting. There are a range of optional activities including walks to the
Storms River gorge and along the rocky coast, snorkelling, sea and river
cruises and a tree canopy tour through the forests. In season, approximately
August to October, the marine park becomes home to a population of migratory

*Tsitsikamma Storms River Huts or similar*

Day 8
Graaff Reinet

We head over the Kouga Mountains and Baviaanskloof Mountains as we head
towards Graaff Reinet. This small 19th century town is set in the middle of
the Karoo National Reserve and is a stop-over on our way to Lesotho. Our
driving time today will be approximately 4-5hrs (390kms).

*Obesa Lodge or similar*

Day 9
Long drive to Lesotho

Today is a long day’s drive as we traverse the Great Karoo and enter Lesotho.
This mountainous kingdom has been shielded from outside influence over the
generations and the Bastho people historically used this strategic location
as a defence against events on the plains below. The lodge situated in this
rugged mountainous region provides us with an ideal opportunity to experience
the Lesotho culture. Our driving time today will be approximately 7-8hrs plus
time at the border (530kms).

*Malealea Lodge or similar*

Day 10

The day is free to relax and experience the unique culture that Lesotho has
to offer. Mountain ridges protrude into the town and an optional day pony
trek to a local village is recommended. Alternatively the craft shops and
markets can be an enjoyable way to pick up some African souvenirs.

*Malealea Lodge or similar*

Day 11
Drakensberg Mountains

Today is a long day’s drive as we travel through Lesotho and exit at the
Maseru border post. When then travel through the eastern farmlands of the
Free State before driving through theGolden Gate National Park. We continue
on to the Northern Drakensberg, our base for the next two nights. The
Drakensberg is a basalt escarpment forming the border between Kwa Zulu-Natal
and Lesotho and continuing into the Free State. It means ‘Dragon Mountains’,
but the Zulu named it Ukhahlamba (‘the barrier of Spears’). Our driving time
today will be approximately 5-6 hours (400km).

*Berg House Cottages or similar*

Day 12
Drakensberg the Amphitheatre

We spend a full day in the mountains where our route will have us walking for
approximately 5-6 hours into the natural amphitheatre, following the Tugela
River past Protea trees. The Protea is the national flower of South Africa,
as well as the name of their cricket team. Our driving time today will be
approximately 1 hours (50km).

*Berg House Cottages or similar*

Day 13
Rourke’s Drift and Dundee

Today we drive through the Natal midlands and on to Dundee, en route we stop
at Rourke’s Drift and have a chance to learn about the famous battle at the
local museum. Immortalised by Hollywood in the film Zulu! The events that
took place here are well known and the small cluster of buildings isolated in
the enormity of the African Bush is a moving reminder of this troubled time.
Our driving time today will be approximately 4-5 hrs (250km).

*Battlefields Country Lodge or similar*

Day 14
To St. Lucia

Today we head for the Indian Ocean and the small town of St. Lucia on the
shores of a lake renowned for its hippos, crocs and birds. Our driving time
today will be approximately 4-5 hrs (315km).

*Shonalanga Lodge or similar*

Day 15
St. Lucia

In the early morning we spend 2 hours exploring lake St Lucia by boat, with
an excellent chance of seeing some of the many resident Hippo’s, crocodiles
and Fish Eagles. From here it’s a short drive to Cape Vidal, a long stretch
of beach along the Indian Ocean where we spend the afternoon relaxing on the
beach or walking to Mission Rocks (please note the walk to Mission Rocks is
only possible at low tide and can take about 4hrs return). Alternatively
there are a number of optional activities available, including whale watching
(in season: June-November), or sunset and night game drives on the western
shores of the lake. Our driving time today will be approximately 2-3 hours

*Shonalanga Lodge or similar*

Day 16
To Swaziland

Today we head into our third country, Swaziland and overnight in the Kings
old hunting grounds, now the beautiful Hlane Royal National Park. In the
afternoon there is the opportunity to leave the vehicle and enjoy a nature
walk (optional). Seeing animals and tracks outside of the confines of a
vehicle is a thrilling experience and gives us the chance to see and hear the
variety of smaller animals and birds that are often passed by on game drives.
Our driving time today will be approximately 4-5 hrs (300km).

*Wisteria Lodge or similar*

Day 17-18
Kruger National Park

We cross back into South Africa and head towards Africa’s most famous
national park: Kruger. The park was established by the president Paul Kruger
in 1898. It has arguably the greatest variety of animals of any park in
Africa, with lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, black and white rhino, as well
as cheetah, giraffe, hippo and many species of antelope and smaller plains
game. The total census includes 147 mammals, 507 birds and 114 reptiles as
well as 336 different trees. The camps are also excellent and the general
infrastructure good. If you see all the predators you will be very lucky,
however you will almost certainly see some of the big five and a huge variety
of smaller mammals. We game drive through the park to the camps, where there
will be a chance for a swim and hot showers. We have two days in the park and
on Day 17 both morning and afternoon game drives in our vehicle are included
to maximise our chances of seeing the plentiful fauna of this great Park. Our
driving time today will be approximately 2-3 hrs (140km) to the entrance to
the park plust time on safari inside the park.

*Kruger Park Huts or Permanent Tented Camp*

Day 19
Letaba Ranch Reserve

After game driving out Kruger National Park we continue to Letaba Ranch
Reserve. This afternoon we go on an open, sunset game drive, returning after
dark with the spot-light. Our driving time today will be approximately 4-5
hours (300km).

*Mtomeni Safari Camp or similar*

Day 20
Bourke’s Luck potholes, Blyde River Canyon and Graskop

Today we head out of the park and make our way towards Graskop (Mpumalanga).
En route we will drive through some spectacular countryside and we stop at
scenic places like Bourke’s Luck potholes and Blyde River Canyon, the third
largest of its type in the southern hemisphere. Our driving time today will
be approximately 5-6 hours (400km).

*Mogodi Lodge or similar*

Day 21
Drive to Johannesburg

On our final day we drive along good roads towards Johannesburg arriving at
the airport in time for the flight home. For those not on the group flights,
the tour ends upon arrival at Johannesburg Airport. Drive time around 5-6hrs

Day 22
Arrive London

Arrive London